I’m a British writer and researcher with a particular interest in media, education, children and young people. My focus is both contemporary and (increasingly) historical. I live in London, and I’m a Visiting Professor at various universities in the UK and overseas. You can find out more about my work here.

There are three main things on this site. There’s an occasional blog on media education and related issues: the posts are tagged so you can search with keywords. There’s a substantial collection of longer pieces with a historical focus, Growing Up Modern: Childhood, Youth and Popular Culture Since 1945. And there are also some shorter, more general essays (and a few videos) on similar topics. This stuff is not intended primarily for academic readers, but for students and for the general reader. Just click on the tabs above to find out more.

You can find many of my academic papers on my Academia website here and on Researchgate here. If you would like to receive updates when new blogs are posted, you can subscribe using the box on the blog page. You can also get updates if you follow me on Twitter using @ddbuckingham.

Latest blog posts:  The trouble with ‘information literacy’. Media literacy is increasingly coupled with a particular version of ‘information literacy’. I argue that this is not only conceptually incoherent but also educationally problematic. Click here.

Can we legislate for online safety? The UK government’s Online Safety Bill has been continually beset by delays and difficulties – and by some justified criticisms. Further thought is needed… Click here.

Latest essay on cultural history: The end of obscenity? Revisiting the trial of Lady Chatterley. What were the bigger issues about culture, class and sexuality at stake in the trial of D.H. Lawrence’s novel in 1960? And how does the novel itself represent sex and gender relations? Click here.

Latest book: Youth on Screen: Representing Youth in Film and Television, published by Polity Press, summer 2021. Details here.

Latest interviews: I seem to be doing a lot of written ‘interviews’ these days. Several of these are posted in the ‘essays and videos’ section (tab above). Here are some reflections on children’s media cultures for the French journal Transatlantica: click here.  And here are some further thoughts on media education in the digital age, for the new Italian journal Sociologia della Communicazione: click here.